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Heart of the Tunnel Walk

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Houston, USA

From USD 35

Office phone number: 1 (832) 992-3179

Minimum age
5 years
Language
English
Starting time
9.30 AM
Duration
3 hours
Culture shock
Low
Physicality
Low
  • “”
    • Sandra, our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. I learned a lot and had an enjoyable experience.

      Ms. Kaura W., USA - 05 Jul 2013

    • We had a wonderful time. Our guide was very informative. Although we live in Houston, we felt like we were discovering the city for the first time. Thank you for a most enjoyable experience.

      Mr. Rudolph G., USA - 06 Aug 2013

    • I think the Tunnel Tour exceeded my expectations in every way. My mom and I learned more about Houston than I could have thought imaginable, and we haven't been able to stop talking about it with our friends and family. Can't wait to try another tour! (Or maybe just head back down to the tunnels the next time we're in Houston!!)

      Ms. Susan M., USA - 23 Aug 2013

  • Tour snapshot

    Tunnel into the heart of Houston on this adventure from  the 1920's to now. Trade in Art Deco for contemporary and head underground into the city's tunnel system to discover what lies beneath. A nifty chance to escape the Texan heat, this Houston tour even surprises locals. 

  • Highlights

    • Discover Houston's underground Tunnel System with a local guide
    • Learn about the history of Houston through its architechture and art
    • Take pictures from the 60th floor of Chase Tower, the tallest building in Texas
    • Shop at Houston’s visitor centre inside City Hall
  • Schedule details

    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Meeting point:

      Café Express, 650 Main St, Houston, Texas 77002

    • Starting time: 9.30 AM
    • Ending point:

      Café Express, 650 Main St, Houston, Texas 77002

  • We would be the first to say that walking through the streets of Houston is pretty special, but did you know that there is a whole underground system of tunnels below the city? This Heart of the Tunnel Walk will take you through the city, over and underground, and into the sky to the best lookout point in Houston. You’ll get to know the city from every angle on this Houston walking tour!

    Meet your local guide and begin this Houston tour by walking down Main Street to the Chase Bank Building, which features eight frescoes depicting Texas history. With your local guide to explain these pieces, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the history of the city. From here we’ll enter the Downtown HoustonTunnel System and walk over to Chase Tower, the tallest building in Texas. Ride an elevator up to the 60th floor and take some epic photos of Houston from the sky lobby!

    Time to head back to ground level and go outside for a photo op in front of Joan Miro’s 1982 Personage and Birds. Next on this historical Houston Tour you’ll head across the street and enter Philip Johnson’s award-winning Pennzoil Place. You’ll ride an escalator down to the Tunnel and walk underground to Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s 1972 One Shell Plaza, where you’ll have a shopping opportunity at Mendota, a unique boutique featuring gifts from around the world.

    Next, you’ll head outside to walk through Hermann Square Park into Houston’s City Hall, home to one of the largest visitors centers in the U.S. Watch a short video about Houston, pose for a photo with a life-size statue of Houston’s namesake, purchase cowboy hats, postcards and souvenirs, look at exhibits, and pick up free literature about what to do in the nation’s fourth-largest city. 

    Finish your Houston tour by walking through downtown’s newest tunnel and returning to Georgia’s Market with your guide. If you prefer to stay downtown, your guide will show you how to explore more of downtown’s best sites above and below, like Discovery Green, the Theatre District, and more via the Greenlink Connector and MetroRail.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide

    Exclusions: Personal food, beverages, tips and gratuities for your local guide.

    Dress standard: Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. While the weather outside from May-November can be hot and humid, the Tunnel System is air-conditioned. While the weather from December-February can be cold, the Tunnel System is heated. Please check the local weather forecast and dress appropriately in case of rain and/or high winds.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

  • Local contact

    Office phone number: 1 (832) 992-3179
    Email address: info@houstonurbanadventures.com

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  • Mr. Mike L. from USA travelled on 06 Jan 2015

    The tour of Houston s underground was interesting. I wish the weather would have been clear to see the city from the 60th floor of the building we were in. The guide was very informative and had great stories of the history of Houston . Can't wait to do the pub crawl.Michael is a very good guide.

  • Mrs. Anne D. from USA travelled on 22 Nov 2014

    Our tour guide, Mike, was excellent. As a visitor to Houston I learned quite a bit about the city and its history.

  • Ms. Paege F. from USA travelled on 28 Oct 2014

    I had a wonderful time! I love Mike!

  • Ms. Kassandra M. from USA travelled on 25 Aug 2014

    Mikey is awesome of course...his advanced knowledge of Houston history really developed the touring experience! We had an absolutely wonderful time!

  • Mrs. Vivian A. from USA travelled on 25 Jul 2014

    My husband is from Houston and he learned a lot from this tour!

  • Ms. Carolyn F. from USA travelled on 02 Jul 2014

    Extremely enjoyed trip ... things I had never known about in Houston downtown ... Mike was a great informative guide.
    This was our first Urban Adventures tour, but we look forward to others.

  • Mrs. Lenda J. from USA travelled on 11 Apr 2014

    Mike did an awesome job of explaining and sharing Houston's culture and the tunnel experience. I enjoyed it so much that I plan on bringing my grandkids to take the tour when they visit this summer.

  • Ms. Tracy P. from USA travelled on 06 Apr 2014

    I really liked the leisurely pace which allowed us to investigate the farmer's market while outside. I found it easy to ask any question that popped into my head and I feel comfortable exploring the tunnel system on my own now.

  • Mr. Alan N. from USA travelled on 18 Mar 2014

    Very knowledgable guide. I had heard about the tunnel system but had never been to see it. Great experience for all of us.

  • Mr. Kuros S. from USA travelled on 27 Nov 2013

    We took the Houston Tunnel Tour and liked it. Personally I loved the leisurely pace and the fact that there was no rush to get the tour done. Our tour was a little disjointed only because we actually had two tour guides who had quite different approached. Sandra was amazing and obviously LOVES leading the tours and is a natural at it. She really "makes" the tour and it would be a real pleasure to take any tour with her because she RELLY REALLY knows her stuff and relates it well. We both felt that she should consider getting a Segway so that she can continue to lead all of the tours. The other tour guide who was incredibly nice (her name escapes me at the moment) and whom we really liked was new and still has a ways to go before really being able to give a great tour. Overall we had a nice experience, enjoyed the tour, and were glad we took it.

  • Ms. Nicole Z. from Germany travelled on 10 Nov 2013

    Great tour with a knowledgeable guide. Pace was good and we learned a lot...and I am fairly well read on Houston so that's saying something!

  • Mrs. Nicole F. from travelled on 13 Sep 2013

    I have lived in the Houston area (aka. Pearland) my entire life (over 30 yrs now) but I don't ventured into Houston very often. My husband and I heard about the tunnels a couple of years ago and we were able to make it out this year as an anniversary thing. It was so much fun. We loved hearing about the city and seeing all the history that is all around us. It was so neat to see a whole city going on underground. Jeremy was our tour guide and he was amazing. You have to check it out!

  • Ms. Jennifer S. from travelled on 03 Sep 2013

    I really enjoyed this tour and learning about the underground tunnel system in downtown Houston.

  • Ms. Susan M. from USA travelled on 23 Aug 2013

    I think the Tunnel Tour exceeded my expectations in every way. My mom and I learned more about Houston than I could have thought imaginable, and we haven't been able to stop talking about it with our friends and family. Can't wait to try another tour! (Or maybe just head back down to the tunnels the next time we're in Houston!!)

  • Mr. Rudolph G. from USA travelled on 06 Aug 2013

    We had a wonderful time. Our guide was very informative. Although we live in Houston, we felt like we were discovering the city for the first time. Thank you for a most enjoyable experience.

  • Mr. Warren B. from USA travelled on 23 Jul 2013

    This was Jeremy's first tour. He is a keeper for sure.

  • Ms. Kaura W. from USA travelled on 05 Jul 2013

    Sandra, our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. I learned a lot and had an enjoyable experience.

  • Ms. ana a. from Mexico travelled on 28 May 2013

    We had a good time while doing the walk in the Tunnels in Houston Downtown, the guide tour knew a lot of history and he was sharing it with us all the time, we are glad we bought the groupon for this adventure!

  • Ms. Crista C. from travelled on 30 Apr 2013

    we loved our guide (maybe ray or roy...it was a pace that was very comfortable, we were not rushed...and what a pleasant surprise that we were all called by our first names

  • Mr. Greg Q. from USA travelled on 30 Apr 2013

    We have lived in Houston 30+ years and did not know that the tunnels existed. Sandra did an excellent job explaining the history of the downtown area as well as the development of the tunnel system. Her passion for the city is very evident and made the tour a great experience for all! Highly recommend!!!

  • Mr. Lindon G. from USA travelled on 22 Apr 2013

    Loved it! Sandra was unbelievable with all the dates & info she gave us. She was the best we could have received! Will definitely do another tour.

  • Mrs. Stacy W. from USA travelled on 18 Apr 2013

    Ron was quite knowledgeable.

  • Mrs. shelley j. from USA travelled on 26 Mar 2013

    the tunnel walk was truly an adventure. i have talked to many people, some that actually live in houston, and they didn't even know there were tunnels under downtown. the guide was well versed on many of the buildings in the area, and their history. very enjoyable tour .

  • Mrs. Rosana Sonia J. from USA travelled on 29 Jan 2013

    Thank you Sandra Lord!!!

  • Mr. Cledir L. from Brazil travelled on 29 Oct 2012

    Ms. Sandra Lord was awesome! I really like it.

  • Mr. James S. from USA travelled on 15 Aug 2012

    I have been living in Houston for 17 yrs and never been to the tunnels. This was a good introduction and the "non-tunnel" activity was better than the focal point of the tour. Susan was an excellent guide and would consider her for future tours without hesitation.

  • Mr. Eric H. from USA travelled on 12 Aug 2012

    Great guide. She gave information about the Houston tunnels and city history that we would otherwise have missed. Good fun and enjoyed the educational experience.

  • Mr. Brian Z. from USA travelled on 22 Jul 2012

    Great tour! Sandra is an outstanding guide, extremely knowledgeable,enthusiastic,and personable. Thank you!

  • Mrs. Carol B. from USA travelled on 09 Jul 2012

    This tour was great! Our ladies'group had talked about touring the downtown tunnel for years, so we were really looking forward to this event. Sandra led the way and we gladly followed. She was a combination of Texas history & Houston information. We learned some things about Houston that we didn't know while admiring the various buildings on the tour. Sandra was great about letting us know when pictures could be taken & even showed us how to get that "perfect shot" from the 60th floor. We do have a great group shot that one of our ladies is planning on using on her blog - watch for that! Lunch was delish, we got to shop at the Visitor's Center and Sandra even showed us how to get to a local specialty grocery store downtown. Thanks to Sandra for making our experience such an enjoyable one.

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